We are united when we live in harmony with other people. Unity is not about blind adherence to political or religious opinions. It means working for a common cause within our nation and with those around the globe. Unity helps us learn to respect differences and celebrate diversity. It is about affirming commonalities. Every decision is not set in the rock of ideology. Unity requires good judgment, flexibility and respect. Otherwise, there is little hope for compassion, justice, or peace.
That all may be one.
What simple day to day actions will help me to build unity in my sphere of relationships and beyond?
God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel and said “they shall be one in my hand…They will be my people and I shall be their God”.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us.
One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.
We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.
When you’re finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people?
Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.
Hans Urs von Balthasar
The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of a great soul is the whole world
You don’t get unity by ignoring the questions that have to be faced.
We believe that all is one and that our call is to an active inclusive love that seeks this union with God and the sacred community of life that includes all of creation.
Sisters of St. Joseph, Land Ethic Statement